This woman’s complaint about a traffic warden speaking Punjabi and saying something bad to her has gone viral.
VIP culture has spread throughout the country like a plague and even knowing how to speak the English language is enough to make some people think they are better than others. As the Pakistanis become more active on social media, these cases, increasingly, find themselves on the internet and quickly become topics of debate. One such case about a woman screaming at the traffic police officer for speaking Punjabi has been doing the rounds.
This woman was caught on camera shouting at a police officer for saying something to her in Punjabi
According to the video, apparently, she was stopped by the police for using her phone while driving. The officer told her to roll down her window and talk calmly. She claims he said something “bad” to her Punjabi which she was obviously not okay with. She complained to his superiors and it was all captured in the video.
The person recording the video kept asking questions as she was ranting to the police officers so she also admonished the guy for shoving a camera in her face and getting all up in her business. She specifically told him that she doesn’t give him permission to record her but the video still found itself on the internet.
Years of trying to become something we're not has produced this generation – confused, lacking knowledge, disrespectful & ashamed of their own roots. This woman found it offensive that a cop spoke to her in Punjabi… pic.twitter.com/CM5DVe7Zng
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) February 19, 2020
Pakistanis took offense to this woman implying that Punjabi might be an indecent language
Because the woman didn’t exactly specify what offensive thing the police officer said to her, it felt as if she was ranting about the fact that he spoke to her in Punjabi. So, many Pakistanis criticized the woman for displaying ignorant behavior and demeaning a language loved and spoken by many.
1. Punjabi is a decent and perhaps one of most beautiful languages.
2. Talking to women in punjabi in a “muslim” country is not a crime
3. This video is dumb and the woman in it is just an idiot with inflated ego and false sense of entitlement. https://t.co/gARHP1wSF1
— Sardar Safeer Maan (@safeermaan) February 19, 2020
When nothing about you measures up to your sense of entitlement….
(Girl, you ain’t seen shit about cops yelling at you in Punjabi… there’s a place I can recommend for a crash course 😐)
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) February 19, 2020
This made me cry 💔
— YaSiF یَاسِفْ (@IamYasif) February 19, 2020
Think about the Police wala who being humiliated only for speaking his language ( punjabi ) which is language of 100 mil people in Pakistan.
— ρoρкorn (@IffiViews) February 19, 2020
— سید ۔ S̸A̷Y̴Y̵I̷D̸ (@iasayyid) February 19, 2020
People also criticized VIP culture and the self-entitlement that comes with it
Often, people seem to forget that rather than your wealth and education, it’s the way you carry and present yourself that makes all the difference. Many highly educated people come off as unlearned due to their bad manners. Pakistanis criticized the woman on her seemingly bad behavior to an officer of the law who was just doing his duty in the video.
Punjabi in the language of 120 M+ Muslims and these desi firangis have to live with this reality. We'll keep speaking Punjabi and you just can't do anything. https://t.co/u5q9M96JrF
— Mehmet :/ (@sideeque96) February 19, 2020
— Ali Humdani (@AliHumdani) February 19, 2020
جہالت کسی ایک طبقے کی میراث نہیں،یہ خاتون اس بات پر چینخ چنگھاڑ رھی ھیں کہ پولیس والے نےان سے پنجابی میں بات کیوں کی.محترمہ کو فون پر دوران ڈرائیونگ گاڑی چلانے پر روک کر منع کیا گیا تو ان کا رویہ ملاحظہ ھو. pic.twitter.com/SxIKeQzds9
— صحرانورد (@aadiiroy19) February 18, 2020
This isn’t even the first time VIP culture and people’s rude behavior with traffic authorities was called into question
Previously, a woman in Karachi had an FIR launched against her for being extremely rude to the traffic warden. She stooped to using vulgar language and hurling abuses towards the officer even though she broke the signal and was in the wrong. There was outrage in the country as people called out the awful behavior.
Look at the attitude of this woman with traffic police. She broke the signal and then she kept abusing the officers even on camera. She shouldn’t have been only given ticket, she must be charged to assault the officers during duty. No one is above the law! pic.twitter.com/9b73gqeWXY
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) November 26, 2019
However, this recent case seems to be different than others as some people have come out in the woman’s support
Some people have questioned the legitimacy of the video in portraying the complete story. They wondered if the video was incomplete and that the traffic warden indeed used bad language with her instead of just normally speaking Punjabi. If that is the case, this would justify the woman’s outraged reaction.
Others argue that it’s not true. Since she herself quoted that the police officer said to her was “Madam jee, sheesha neechain ker k aram se baat keren“.
Yet other people have also highlighted that a cop on duty should speak in the official language instead of Punjabi.
1. A cop on duty should speak in official language
2. Video recording without consent and posting on social media without consent is not right https://t.co/xcCNaV2CD7
— Mona khan (@MemoonaRasheed2) February 19, 2020
Seems there was no issue but this so called Crime Reporter jumped in and started investigating. Who the hell is he and who gave him the right to speak when the Police officers are already there. They always poke in their noses and Mike's. Stupid chap.
— Asjad Khan Khattak (@KhattakAsjad) February 19, 2020
Of course, some people tried to find the humor in all this
While many were angry and debates sparked on the actions of the lady some people chose to make funny memes and jokes about the situation to lighten the mood.
Her IQ is just too damn high pic.twitter.com/TU6Ypo5UPb
— Hamza (@Hamza_0786) February 19, 2020
When some one demands their money back and you say
Oh bahi konsay paisay? pic.twitter.com/VGNxVwWfcO
— Punjabi Baba (@5abi_) February 19, 2020
— Imam Thanos (@meemMudassar) February 19, 2020
— Imam Thanos (@meemMudassar) February 19, 2020
What do you think of the whole debacle? Let us know in the comments below.
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